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"Indie Heat"

At long last, Los Angeles scene favorite the Sharp Ease unleashes its first full-length release. The all-female quartet hails straight from the garage--the 12 songs clock in at just more than 27 minutes. The band offers Pixies-style guitar noise and vocal nods to fellow Angeleno Exene Cervenka. Deciphering the meaning of lyrics can get tricky, but jumpy choruses (particularly on "Joan") keep the music moving. - The Advocate


"Creem Online"

Oh, the art school puns just abound on this delightful hard rockin' harmonic pop album, beginning with the name of the all-girl Sharp Ease (geddit?). And while these four women may publicly deny it, one listen is all it'll take for you to suss out that musically they're influenced by everyone ranging from the melancholic melodrama of Tom Verlaine to the heavenly harmonies of Brian Wilson.

The vocals by singer Paloma Parfey are an engaging cross between Chrissie Hynde at her bedroom sexiest and Lene Lovich at her bedbug craziest. But it's her Enossified lyrics which are pure paranoid John Cale: "Tomorrow…tomorrow the fat will rise and it'll harden and curdle, discolored and separated from it all and it pours on those who need the fall…"

Any way you slice it, the Sharp Ease are the smartest all-girl art rock band in the world. And you can quote me on that because they're number one in a field of one. So go out and buy Going Modern because you won't get Byrned if you do.
- Jeffrey Morgan


"OC Weekly"

"The Sharp Ease sound like LA--the born-and-raised LA, not the cliched palm-trees-and-poodles shtick. They're sifting their songs out of the foggy early morning freeway drives and fuzzy late-night, cheap-wine-and-basic-cable binges that counterpoint the terminal excitement of the city, the same way the Modern Lovers put suburban Boston into two chords and a "1-2-3-4-5-6!" or X goosed drinking in a puddled alley off Cherokee and Hollywood Boulevard into poetry. You're in love with the AM radio, the world's a mess in your kiss, and--from "T-Spin"--anything worth waiting for will never, never come."
- Chris Zeigler


"indieworkshop.com"

"Going Modern is the complete antithesis to every synthetic, indie-inspired dance album to satu-rate the music world in 2004. The Sharp Ease have learned from danceable art-rockers like Gang of Four and The Yeah Yeah Yeah's that the first step to getting someone on the dance floor is getting their attention. A little raw energy doesn't hurt either." - Mike Swidrak


Discography

T-Spin/ 7" Single - Soft Spot Records 2002
Advantage/ 7" Single - Softmachine Records 2004
Split 7" Single w/ Hot N Heavy - Spitshine Records 2004
LA Bands 2004 7" Comp- Deathbombarc Records 2004
Going Modern/ LP CD - olFactory/ Soft Spot Records 2005

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Bio

How does the Sharp Ease feel? Radical and spiritual in a fuzzed out way.

“They exude an inimitable gritty glamour and are non-stop, kind of like their native city of Los Angeles. The Sharp Ease... are pure energy.” -churchofgirl.com

The Sharp Ease have a new Vinyl EP, Remain Instant, to be released June 2006 by LA’s own olFactory Records, and recorded by Rod Cervera (Lavendar Diamond, Young People, Polar Goldie Cats). All songs were written by The Sharp Ease and Rod Cervera between January and March of 2005.

This album shows how much their sound has matured comfortably into their melodies and melodrama. Leaving behind their playful tongue in cheek water testing, you get the sense that they've survived the war, that they've graduated from R & R university. These songs display an amount of gritty, euphoric intellect that capture the mind and spirit.

They were nominated for Best New Artist in 2003 by the LA Weekly Music Awards.

Their debut full-length, Going Modern, was released in February 2005 on olFactory/ Soft Spot Records.
In addition they were chosen as Homegrown Artist of the Month by Amoeba Music L.A. March 2005.

They have played Ladyfest Los Angeles, ROCKRGRL Music Conference Seattle, and have been featured in Venus, ROCKRGRL, LA Weekly, OC Weekly, Exclaim! (Canada), Filter and more.

Some past shows include:
House of Blues w/ B52's
The Smell w/ Erase Errata
Troubadour w/ The Gossip
Troubadour w/ Von Bondies
Henry Fonda Theater w/ Peaches
King King w/ The Love Makers
The Fold w/ Afrirampo
Spaceland w/ Donita Sparks